France’s substitute prop Eddy Ben Arous in actionat the Stade de France Stadium. Photograph: Getty Images

15 Maxime Medard He scored the only try of the match by taking a good line off a dominant scrum and running a good angle. He didn’t have much else to(...)

France head coach Guy Noves watches over the win over Ireland at Stade de France. Photograph: PA

France head coach Guy Noves insisted there was more to Les Bleus’ victory over Ireland than simply the use of delaying Slimani’s and Ben Arous’ entran(...)

France’s fullback Maxime Medard celebrates his game-winning try at the Stade de France Stadium. Photograph: Getty Images

France 10 Ireland 9  Guy Noves’ decision to keep his frontline props in reserve for the final 35 minutes looked silly for 45 minutes(...)

Cliodhna Moloney: comes in at hooker replacing Zoe Grattage who moves to the replacements. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

It’s a shame these matches are not played in Paris where the main event is taking place. Irish and French fans in the capital are always looking for (...)

France’s Virimi Vakatawa is held up by Italy’s Gonzalo Garcia at the Stade De France. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Expect to witness very clever Irish actions that will incite French reaction, especially from the Fijian number 11 Virimi Vakatawa. I was filled full (...)

Seán O’Brien was suspended after Ireland’s last match with France in the World Cup. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Seán O’Brien stares blankly back at us when asked about being intimidated in Paris. “I don’t think it is intimidating. There is a lot of history. Th(...)

Rob Kearney and Dave Kearney challenge for the high ball with with Sébastien Tillous-Borde of France during the   Rugby World Cup Group D at Millennium Stadium in  Cardiff. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Joe Schmidt was late with yesterday’s lunchtime announcement of the Irish side to face France, because he was still finalising it. In the event, th(...)

Flanker Seán O’Brien is expected to return to the Ireland team against France having recovered from a hamstring injury. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The consequences of last Sunday’s Celtic Demolition Derby has left Joe Schmidt’s team selection in a state of flux. Ireland were obliged to make 17(...)

Wexford native Tadhg Furlong has won all his four Ireland caps from the replacements bench. Photograph: AFP.

The likelihood is that Tadhg Furlong will win his fifth cap on Saturday in Paris and, like his previous four, it will be off the bench. His fourth, l(...)

Fiji-born Virimi Vakatawa (left) will make his Test debut for France against Italy. Photograph: Getty.

Six Nations France v Italy Stade de France, Saturday, 2.25pm (Irish time) RTÉ 2, BBC 1 France will launch the Guy Noves coaching era – but Les Bleu(...)